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NBA DFS Plays: Wednesday, Dec. 22

Nikola Jokic

Nikola Jokic

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This article aims to highlight some of the best NBA DFS Plays at every position for your cash game lineups. Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NBA News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.

We’ll take a look at Wednesday’s six-game main slate starting at 7:30 ET.


Jrue Holiday - Milwaukee (vs. Houston) - DK: $9,400 / FD: $9,600 / Yahoo: $38

Khris Middleton is probable to return tonight for Milwaukee, but Giannis Antetokounmpo is still out. That means Holiday will continue to pick up the slack for the Bucks. The veteran point guard has been superb in that role with 53+ fantasy points in two straight. Playing up in pace against a Houston team that ranks 23rd in defensive efficiency to point guards is an excellent spot for Holiday to keep it going. Yes, his price has increased, but so has the floor/ceiling potential with Giannis out.

Also Consider: Delon Wright, Cole Anthony (if playing)

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Buddy Hield - Sacramento (vs. LA Clippers) - DK: $6,900 / FD: $5,800 / Yahoo: $21

I wrote up Hield as a top play on Monday, and he came through with a respectable 34 FP showing. It’s nice to see that he’s getting 36-39 minutes every game with Sacramento short-handed in the backcourt. I really like Hield’s salary on FanDuel and Yahoo, so you can look to him as a mid-range bargain on those sites. I’ll pass on DraftKings, as the $6,900 price tag has been marked-up significantly. Hield is a legitimate threat for 35-40 FP given his heightened role for the Kings.

Also Consider: Grayson Allen, Marcus Smart


Kevin Huerter - Atlanta (vs. Orlando) - DK: $5,000 / FD: $5,500 / Yahoo: $14

Huerter is another value pick who will see more minutes and usage due to teammates sitting out. Most notably, Trae Young has entered COVID-19 protocols. Clint Capela and Danilo Gallinari are out for the Hawks as well. There’s a massive usage void in Atlanta, and some of that will fall on Huerter. We know this guy can knock down shots, and he’ll be asked to do that at a higher rate tonight. The matchup against Orlando isn’t too shabby either, as the Magic rank 29th in overall defensive efficiency this season.

Also Consider: Paul George, Harrison Barnes


Kevin Love - Cleveland (at Boston) - DK: $5,700 / FD: $5,700 / Yahoo: $17

Evan Mobley and Jarret Allen have been ruled out for Cleveland. Love has been an efficient fantasy producer as of late with 32+ fantasy points in three of his last five. That comes despite not seeing more than 23 minutes in a game. Now the Cavaliers are asking for Love to take on more usage and playing time. He could flirt with 30 minutes given the need in Cleveland’s frontcourt. That puts him as a strong mid-range value option through all formats on each DFS site.

*UPDATE: Love is now listed as questionable. Lauri Markkanen becomes a strong pick in a heightened role if he can’t go.

Also Consider: John Collins, Sandro Mamukelashvili


Nikola Jokic - Denver (at Oklahoma City) - DK: $12,600 / FD: $11,400 / Yahoo: $56

We listed plenty of bargains in this article, and there are a few more to check out in the following section. In other words, you should have plenty of cap space to make Jokic work in your cash game lineups. The reigning MVP has been an absolute beast with 71+ fantasy points (!) in two of his last four games. Now he’s facing an OKC team that ranks 24th in defensive efficiency to centers and 22nd in rebound rate. The Nuggets are still without Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. Aaron Gordon and JaMychal Green are questionable as well. Translation: Jokic could do even more heavy lifting in the Denver frontcourt.

Also Consider: Robert Williams, DeMarcus Cousins


Delon Wright (PG - ATL) will look to help fill in for Young, who has been ruled out tonight. I’m expecting somewhere in the neighborhood of 26-29 minutes with upside a shade above 30. That represents a solid value opportunity given that Wright will be one of the primary ball-handlers for Atlanta. He’s a solid bargain choice through all formats.

Sandro Mamukelashvili (PF - MIL) is still dirt-cheap despite coming through with 22+ fantasy points in two straight. There’s a chance he’ll grab another start tonight, but Mamukelashvili is a solid choice regardless. The matchup against Houston looks great, as the Rockets rank 29th in defensive efficiency to frontcourts.